WWE is going back to Saudi Arabia on June 7th because the controversial county wants a show then. They initially had a different date, but that had to be changed because KSA decided they wanted to change it.
The fact that WWE is going back to Saudi Arabia once again might not surprise some people. After all, there is a lot of money involved. The Superstars that are going on this trip might also be doing so for the financial gain, but others simply don’t have a choice.
Dave Meltzer discussed Vince McMahon’s intentions during Wrestling Observer Radio. He knows The Chairman pretty well and this is obviously a financial decision to stay with the Saudi Arabia deal. However, it also brings up another interesting question about why others would choose not to protest as well.
“When I woke up and I found out that Bill Goldberg was doing the Saudi Arabia show I was like really — it’s like there’s nobody that does that show — the fact that WWE is doing that show obviously disappoints me. I’ll put it this way, it would disappoint me if it was another promotion doing it. WWE, it doesn’t disappoint me because I have no qualms or thoughts as far as Vince. It’s like Vince is what Vince is you know I know what Vince is. When you know what Vince is nothing’s going to disappoint you because that’s what Vince is. He can be a somewhat rich guy with no morals or he can be like a super rich guy with no morals, but he’s got no morals either way, you know.”
“So everything that’s done is done for a certain reason and in the end it’s like it’s money and you know a lot of people would pull out [of Saudi Arabia]… [Vince is] not going to pull out. If he’s forced to pull out he will. He’s got no economic necessity to do these shows, but he’s still going to do them.”
John Cena and Daniel Bryan both pulled out of the Saudi Arabia event the last time around. Roman Reigns also reportedly told the company he wasn’t going either, but then his leukemia caused him to leave WWE entirely. Their reason were not 100% clear although Daniel Bryan did pull out for moral reasons.
Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker are doing the Saudi Arabia event for the money involved. Other WWE Superstars who are doing the show will simply do so because the company is booking them and they don’t have the leverage to say they’re not going like Daniel Bryan and John Cena did.
As we previously reported, WWE could have signed Goldberg on as a way to keep him from working with AEW. This is a very interesting conversation and it could generate plenty more conversation about WWE as time goes on. After all, we are just in year two of a ten year deal between KSA and WWE.
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